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Nov 17, 2010 3:31 PM by Carina Corral

UCSB researchers look for a cure to age-related blindness

U.C. Santa Barbara researchers have received a $2.5 million grant to help find a cure for macular degeneration, which is an age-related condition that causes vision loss.

Their stem cell related research will lead to clinical trials on treating macular degeneration that affects one in three people age 75 or older.

It is all part of the "California Project to Cure Blindness," which also includes the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers, the California Institute of Technology, University College London, and City of Hope.

Their aim is to prevent the loss of vision and improve the quality of life for those suffering from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by 2015.

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